Solar

Housing Development Comes with Solar Standard

Genself Corp., a solar photovoltaic (PV) system integrator and installer, has entered into an agreement with Sunset Springs Development, LLC, a builder of single family homes in Southern California, to provide solar electric power systems as original equipment on up to 71 soon-to-be-constructed homes in Desert Hot Springs, CA.

Under terms of the agreement, Genself will offer a standard 5.2 kW solar PV system to all buyers of new homes in the Sunset Springs Development phases I and II. Customers may elect to increase the size of the system if desired. Genself will coordinate the installations with the original construction to provide solar systems designed to produce 80%-100% of the property’s electricity needs upon move-in. Genself is providing a point of purchase display in the development’s Home Buying Center with customized information for each model and lot location. Sunset Springs Development, LLC is building each home pre-wired for solar and its three custom designs, the Newport, Malibu, and Carmel models, which were configured to readily accommodate solar arrays. The homes will be highly energy efficient, incorporating low E windows, extensive foam insulation, and high-efficiency air conditioners and water heaters. Buyers will be able to purchase their solar system using first trust deed financing, an economical way to acquire a solar system, says the company. Typically, the monthly expense for a solar system is less than what the electric bill would have been, creating a net cash savings every month. Also, a portion of the expense is tax deductible as mortgage interest while power bills are not. Further, as electricity prices rise over time, a solar system’s costs are fixed, creating even greater savings in the future and protecting against ever-rising energy costs. Both Genself and Sunset Springs anticipate a significant number of new homebuyers will select the solar option in this area of abundant sunshine.